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Recommendations agreed at the GO-NGO Forum on Social Welfare and Development 3 December 2007, Ha Noi 1. This Forum welcomes the support and agreement of the Senior Official's Meeting on Social Welfare and Development- ASEAN (SOMSWD) at the 4th SOMSWD held Mandalay, Myanmar in December 2006 in response to the recommendations of the GO-NGO Forum in Bangkok on 9 September 2006. 2. This Forum also welcomes the support of the Vietnamese Ministry on Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in hold
  Recommendations agreed at theGO-NGO Forum on Social Welfare and Development3 December 2007, Ha Noi 1. This Forum welcomes the support and agreement of theSenior Official's Meeting on Social Welfare and Development- ASEAN ( SOMSWD) at the 4 th SOMSWD held Mandalay, Myanmar in December 2006in response to the recommendations of the GO-NGO Forum in Bangkok on 9September 2006.  2. This Forum also welcomes the support of the Vietnamese Ministry on Labour,Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in holding the GO-NGO Forum in Hanoiand reiterates the value of the Forum in strengthening collaboration andcooperation between Government and Non-Government Organisations tofurther the goals of the Vientiane Action Program. 3. This Forum acknowledges the SOMSWD support for bringing GOs and NGOsfrom ASEAN countries together in conjunction with the annual SOMSWDmeeting through the inclusion of NGO representatives in each countrydelegation. Building on this, this Forum welcomes the formalisation of theannual GO-NGO Forum prior to SOMSWD to monitor and assess progressand to prepare recommendations for consideration by the subsequentSOMSWD and SOMSWD+3 meetings. 4. This Forum welcomes the efforts of some country delegations to includeNational Council representatives as part of the country delegation this year and encourages the development of this initiative for all ASEAN members toencourage improved GO-NGO collaboration. 5. This Forum recommends that in countries where a National Council does notyet exist, that the Government support the establishment and development of the National Council. 6. This Forum, noting the support for the establishment of mechanisms for ongoing cooperation between ASEAN, ICSW and National NGOs at the firstGO-NGO Forum, further recommends that ASEAN Focal Points and NationalCouncils (or its equivalent) meet at least twice a year in between GO-NGOForums, to support the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluationof activities which are identified in GO-NGO Forum recommendations from2006 and 2007. 7. This Forum notes the recommendation from the 2006 GO-NGO Forum for Member Countries to demonstrate a commitment to capacity building of National Councils / NGO Forums and its members to ensure the capacity of these Councils to undertake: (i) service delivery; (ii) consultation and  research; (iii) advice to governments; and (iv) public advocacy. The Forumrecommends that ASEAN Focal points meet with National Councils todevelop and implement this recommendation. 8. This Forum acknowledges the ICSW draft research papers on socialprotection and trafficking provided to the GO-NGO Forum in Hanoi for discussion which reflects two of the key issues raised in the GO-NGO Forumin 2006. This Forum calls on National Councils and ASEAN Focal points toundertake national consultations on these papers to enable the relevantcountry chapters and recommendation sections of these documents to beenriched and finalised for presentation and deliberation at the next GO-NGOForum. ICSW will coordinate the consultation process. 9. In addition, that as Member Countries have issued declarations on humantrafficking, that ASEAN should develop a Plan of Action to implement thesedeclarations taking into account the COMMIT process in the Great MekongSub-region. 10. In relation to Persons with Disabilities (PWD), this Forum, notwithstandingprogress in many countries, notes that there continues to be a large gapbetween policy and implementation of activities. The Forum recommends thedevelopment of a formal process of collaboration between GO and NGOs,both nationally and regionally, to address key issues, with both GO and NGOsto report back at the next GO-NGO Forum on progress. Issues for consideration include the following: a) The need for policies which mainstream PWD and which reflect theUNESCAP rights-based approach;  b) the formulation/implementation of legislation and legal frameworks toprovide protection for and inclusion of PWDs, primarily but not onlythrough the ratification of the UN Convention, noting from countryreports that a number of countries have either ratified or committedthemselves to doing so; c) the need to include PWD, and relevant NGOs at the local andnational levels not only in the development and establishment of government policies and programs to assist PWD but also in theimplementation, monitoring and evaluation of these policies andprograms; d) the need for affirmative action regulations or laws to achieve actionon and higher levels of employment in both the public and privatesectors, education and accessibility;  e) to develop standards of classification of PWDs based on UNguidelines to improve ability to plan and provide programs for PWDs. 11. This Forum strongly recommends that Member Countries and the ASEANSecretariat source adequate funds and other resources to undertake theabove recommendations. 12. This Forum recommends that the Member Countries and ASEAN Secretariatreport to the next GO-NGO Forum the progress towards the implementationand follow-up of these recommendations. . . . . . . .
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